Toro Rosso's Jaime Alguersuari is confident of scoring points in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix despite only qualifying fifteenth.
The Toro Rosso driver has made a habit of scoring points from lower grid positions in the F1 2011 season, and believes tomorrow will be no exception at the Yas Marina circuit.
“We are often more competitive in the race than in qualifying and I believe that will be the case tomorrow, more so than in recent races as this has not been the best track for us,” said Alguersuari of the team's relative lack of pace in light of recent races, particularly at the last round in India where both drivers qualified in the top ten.
The Spaniard has made a mockery of the belief that a good qualifying is necessary to score points in modern F1. He also added that despite running well outside of the top ten in Saturday's practice session, as well as qualifying, the team made progress that will stand them in good stead for race day.
“I am pleased that we managed to improve the car from the free practice session to qualifying and I believe we have made the right choices for the race in terms of downforce levels and other set-up tools,” he explained, highlighting the fact that qualifying isn't necessarily a good indicator of long run pace.
“But I do not think my grid position is that bad and I am convinced I can work my way up into a point's position by the end of the night,” he concluded.
Indeed compared to several Grand's Prix in the F1 2011 season where he has come from being knocked out in Q1 to score points, Alguersuari has every reason to be optimistic ahead of tomorrow's race.
by Philip Barclay